There have been a lot people people talking about autism and aspergers recently - and some have asked about the link between the autism/aspergers and dyslexia. As far as I can tell from research, there is no link, but there are a number of people that have both, just as though there are people who are overweight and have blue eyes.
For people looking for a forum on the subject, try wrongplanet.com which is a forum for people with autism and aspergers. Check out http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt223887.html.
There are a lot of famous people with aspergers including Dan Akroyd, Al Gore and Bill Gates.
There is no question that early diagnosis is the best thing for dyslexia. But testing is expensive and people are not even aware of what really dyslexia is. I came across a very interesting site/company that does on-line testing for dyslexia.
It called lexercise at http://www.lexercise.com. I have not don the actual testing, but it offers a free simple screening that takes 10 or so minutes. They also offer some reading support through their technology.
Personally, I think the value of understanding if you are dyslexic is so valuable. Many tests can cost up to $5000. this offers a free test and full evaluation for about $500. It's worth looking at.
Why are dyslexics so good at so many things and what do they see that others do not. Most dyslexics are able to see the whole picture at once - while others see it one step at a time. It allows dyslexics to see far ahead with vision.
A lot of people feel bad about themselves, but depression is more common in people with dyslexia. There are likely a number of reasons for it, but the main reason likely is because they see the world differently. It would be like being the only left handed person in the world. As a lefty, many simple things would be tough, like using a can opener, but many things would be much easier, like playing first base. Anyway, focus on what is right rather than what is wrong.
Just a reminder of all the great people that are a were dyslexic - in the video below. Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison just to name a few.
There are some good resources for dyslexia, but not enough. One of the best I have found is called DyslexiaEd.com which is full of great videos from experts around the world on dyslexia. There are so many, but one of the key points of the videos is this those with dyslexia have a hard time reading because they were not born to read - they were born without that skill potential well developed.
The man who started the network has written a great book called The Power of Dyslexic Thinking.
Check it out.
With dyslexia occurring in up to 20% around the world, people are starting to realize the mass audience. A team in Indonesia is working on a new game to help those with Dylslexia using the x-box platform to help with balance.
According to the Jakarta Post (http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/02/05/ugm-students-create-form-game-therapy-dyslexia.html)
A group of six students from Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta calling themselves the LexiPal team created a form of game therapy to help people with dyslexia.
Developed as a dyslexia therapy application based on the Microsoft X-Box Kinect platform, the game is designed to help students with dyslexia to balance functions between their right and left brains, thus helping them to cope with difficulties in understanding symbols and letters.
To test for dyslexia you will need to connect with a local clinician or school district. If you are looking for just a quick self test - you can find one at
Give it a try.
For those who have a really hard time reading, but are great with listening, there are some interesting tools. Prizmo is one the coolest tools around and actually takes snapshot of whatever you want and then it will read the text aloud to you. So if you are at the grocery store, for example, and you can't read the ingredients, you can take a snapshot of it and it will read the ingredients. Very cool stuff.
College Scholarships for Dyslexia
What is dyslexia is offering a scholarship to high school students. If you are a high school senior with dyslexia or another learning disability, then we'd love you to consider the What is Dyslexia scholarship.
Deadline: June 15, 2013
Application Availability: Open to apply today
Number of Awards: 1
Eligibility: Student must be a senior in high school and have been diagnosed with dyslexia or another learning disability and must be entering a post seconday education facility in 2013.
Application Overview: Students must submit one of three short essays for all three questions (below) and submit their GPA.
Essay question #1: 100 words or less
Describe how were able to overcome your dyslexia or learning disability?
Essay question #2: 100 words or less
What is the best thing about having dyslexia or a learning disability?
Essay question #3: 100 words or less
How do you plan on positively impacting the world in the future?
Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.